Design it, don’t style it.
Design isn’t just how something looks. It goes deeper than the palette you use, your choice of typography or how your nav menu animates on small screens.
Designing something means you’re solving a problem… for real people. If someone can accomplish their tasks in an efficient manner, they’ll overlook how it looks.
Resist the temptation to want to style everything. Don’t be a stylist, be a designer.
Communities like dribbble and Behance are fantastic for inspiration, but don’t get caught up in making things look great without addressing the underlying problems those things are trying to solve.
Always make sure form follows function, not the other way around.
Cue the cliched (but apt) Steve Jobs quote:
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.